Suspect’s Heart Stopped Saturday While Resisting Arrest, Says EPD
Stephens said his officers initially responded to a report of a “suspicious person” sitting on Highland Avenue late Saturday morning. When the officer arrived on the scene, the man appeared to be “under the influence of an illegal substance,” Stephens explained. “The man cooperated initially” but when the officers began arresting him “that’s when he began resisting.”
The officers struggled to control the man. He resisted arrest for some time and injured at least one officer by wrenching her fingers and “spraining a finger,” Stephens explained. Other officers rushed to the site and passerbys offered to help contain the man.
Eventually, emergency medical services arrived at the scene and prepared to give the man sedatives “for his erratic, aggressive behavior,” Stephens said. They noticed that the man had stopped breathing and began giving him CPR. The man was rushed to the hospital. On the way there, “he regained heart rate and breathing,” Stephens said.
The man recovered quickly. According to Stephens, by the time the Captain arrived at the hospital 15 minutes later the man “was in full fight mode again.” He was again brought back under control and is currently at St. Joseph Hospital.
“We want to thank multiple citizens who stepped forward and asked our officers if they needed any assistance,” Stephens said.
Officers arrested Benjamin Taggart who Stephens said, “claimed to be from Willow Creek” for assault on an officer, assault causing injury, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Earlier Chapter: ‘Man Extremely Under the Influence’ Fought EPD